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The Day's Work | The Wrangler
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The wrangler was usually a young boy who worked as an apprentice. His primary responsibility was to care for the remuda, or herd of horses. Early in the morning, before the cowhands were awake, the wrangler rounded up all the horses that might have wandered away in the night. He had to keep them together until they could be roped for the men to ride. He was also the cook's assistant and gathered the wood for the evening fire. One of the most popular cowboy songs of all time, "Little Joe the Wrangler," which was written by Jack Thorp in 1898, tells the story of a young wrangler who worked hard at a "man's job" and died tragically during a stampede.

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